LEVEL NINE PRODUCTIONS MARRIED FOUNDERS DISCUSS WORKFLOW AND VISION
MARRIED DUO NYV AND LUCY MERCADO TALK MANAGING THEIR WORKLOAD AND ABOUT THEIR VISION FOR THEIR CONTENT PRODUCTION COMPANY, LEVEL NINE PRODUCTIONS.
Credit: Lucy + Nyv Mercado | IG: @levelnineproductions | Nyv (left) and Lucy (right) Mercado, Founders of Level Nine Productions
Affirm Noire| July 16, 2021
We think it's safe to say it's easier to find more Creatives heading their projects solo than as a pair. Many of us artists battle perfectionism so adding on another person to a project seems illogical when doing so can double the rate of "mess-ups" we face. Although our company is lead by an amazingly talented duo, it's probably even rarer to find couples such as Nyv and Lucy Mercado (yes, a literal husband and wife team) working together harmoniously. Nyv and Lucy work collectively as video content creators, filmmakers, expert storytellers, illustrators, and stop motion artists for their company Level Nine Productions. Since its launch two years ago, the couple has uploaded over 100 pieces of content on their YouTube channel.
Our vision is to expand our production company worldwide to provide film education and mental wellness. We want to reach audiences and communities who are under-resourced and help provide educational resources for advancement.
"We work as a team to develop and create video content ranging from wellness, vlogs, film lighting tutorials, photography and much more," Nyv and Lucy shared in an interview with us. "We both went to film school and had creative endeavors to work on big projects," they continued, "however, we always wanted to be independent, so we decided to gather our ideas and make our own production company."
Nyv and Lucy started Level Nine Productions by leveraging their experience and knowledge in the field. The couple has established a workflow that is divided amongst them and flexible enough to align with their full-time jobs. Lucy comes up with most of the creative ideas, whether planned or spontaneous, for video content. On the other hand, Nyv focuses on production (lighting, camera, and sound).
"We alternate editing our weekly videos," the couple said. "We do our best to plan out our content at the start of each month," they continued, "and we mostly shoot on the weekends and edit on the weekdays."
Their bond, their experiences, their family, and their communities are the factors motivating them to produce content. For Nyv and Lucy making their home countries proud is also very important as children to immigrant parents. However, their ultimate dream for Level Nine Productions includes a little philanthropy and travel.
"Our vision is to expand our production company worldwide to provide film education and mental wellness," they remarked. "We want to reach audiences and communities who are under-resourced and help provide educational resources for advancement."
Ultimately just wants to help their viewers feel like they aren't alone.
"Videos we've made allowed us to reflect on our own lives and see that the experiences and obstacles we have overcome can help so many people who are struggling with similar issues," they said. "Helping anyone feel better with our art whether it is a video for entertainment, a lesson from a podcast, or mental ease from a photograph, is the largest accomplishment we can have. "
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